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Introducing Napier Street, a collection of fifteen individual homes in a culturally rich pocket of Fitzroy. Inspired by the Australian Modernist period, this collection is defined by spatial intelligence and liveability with a material palette chosen for its natural and sophisticated properties.
Melbourne architects Freadman White have reinterpreted these timeless principles which are expressed through a series of moves using a robust form of materials that are unmistakably Australian. A connection between house and landscape1,2, lighting which amplifies spatial aspects3, inbuilt joinery giving purpose to spaces4 as well as blank walls for artwork collections5, framed views of the outside6 and intimate places to relax7 are qualities echoed in the finest modernist buildings.
Photography Wolfgang Sievers
Source State Library Victoria
Response — Architecture
The geometry and alignment of Napier Street is in harmony with neighbouring Whitlam Place. Making a nod to its modernist inspiration, the solidity of Napier Street is balanced with the lightness of vertical glazed windows and hit-and-miss screening. A layer of cascading greenery softens the façade, and sliding windows bring the outside in.
Response — Interiors
Taking cues from the modernist period, the interiors embrace a pared back aesthetic which speaks to an Australian sensibility. A sense of simplicity in the material palette imbues the space with a relaxed feel, allowing occupants to individualise their own home. An exercise in restraint has allowed the honest expression of materials such as concrete, timber and brass. The interiors are complemented by a collaboration with local 20th century furniture retailer Dean Angelucci, who provided guidance on furnishings for each apartment.
The entry sequence is composed of four design signatures: the front gate, mailbox, sky bridges and front door. Each element has been considered to enhance the experience of the occupant as they make their way home.
The Golden Triangle
Set among neighbouring terrace homes, Napier is located in what locals know as the Golden Triangle. Located in the centre of Gertrude, Smith and Brunswick streets, it’s an easy stroll to the cultural hot spots, cafes, galleries and boutiques. A five minute walk to the CBD and the Exhibition and Fitzroy gardens, Napier is in close proximity to Melbourne’s best restaurants, bars and a wealth of retail offerings. We asked local Dean Angelucci to take a stroll and photograph his top eight locations.
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